dltv 203 episode
Run time 50:50Producer pcmagAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage English
DL.TV Episode 203: Wi-Fi Your Neighborhood, Use Photoshop to Horrify Your Friends, Turn an Old PC into a Network Firewall, Edit Maps in Halo 3, and NAS Build or Buy?
What's new in Episode 203
• A couple of helpful viewers suggested some alternatives to the PC syncing software options we recommended in Show 202. Michael suggested FolderShare a free online folder syncing service available for both Windows and OS X. Another viewer, Garn, recommended Allway Sync a freeware that he uses and quite likes.
• Gjermund from Norway sent us pics from The Gathering 08 a computer Demo/LAN party started in 1992.
• Kristina De Nike from JWire was here with 3 great options for extending a wireless connection across a neighborhood. Using services like FON and Meraki or free software like Whisher you can share your broadband or setup a wireless co-op. Which is the best option for you? Watch and find out!
• While PC gamers have enjoyed map editing and modding for years with the release of Halo 3 console owners can now taste the sweetness that is map editing. 1.up's Mark MacDonald takes us through the highlights of this Halo 3 editing tool simply known as Forge.
• If you've got an old PC sitting around gathering dust why not give a new lease on life as a network Firewall? All it takes is the open source SmoothWall Express software, a spare PC with a couple of Linux compatible NICs, a couple of hours and a web browser.
• PixelCorps's Alex Lindsay is back with another great Photoshop tip. Take an attractive looking girl and turn her into a hideous zombie worthy of any Hollywood horror flick. So if you've been itching to turn your boss, spouse, or annoying neighbor into some unspeakable hellspawn, well here's your chance. Also works on boys.
• Finally, Peter wanted a NAS but was unsure whether he should purchase or build one. In our collective experience the choice comes down to features, money, and what ya got laying around. If you have a stack of left over drives and external USB drive cases to put them in you might be interested in something like Belkin's Network USB Hub. It allows users to connect plain jane USB drives to a router and access them over a network. Turnkey solutions can offer a wealth of features and capabilities but at a higher cost. Among the vendors Rob and Rog like are Infrant's ReadyNAS line and Buffalo's TeraStation line. ExtremeTech did a NAS roundup in Jan 07 with a bunch of reviews including the Thecus we showed on the show.
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